is the running object table
. It lets you know which COM object
s still have a ref count
of higher than zero
. There is a tool
, called ROT viewer (IROTVIEW application
) that gets installed with visual studio
. If you look up the GUID
s that still have ref count
s, you can reverse look them up in the registry
to see what is running. So if you launch an app that uses COM components (Excel
, etc), you can turn on the ROT viewer and see that the GUID for Excel.Application
(or Word.Application, or what not)is running.
What does this mean? That means all of those arcane
numbers in the registry look up to being different
applications with COM components.